Katie Schuermann on KFUO Faith & Family

“Children are a heritage from Him, a gift, a reward, a blessing, a fruit. That is the language that He uses….We recognize things that are gifts from the Lord: food, family, shoes, house, home, our neighbors. Well, children are another one of those gifts — even when we don’t want them, even when we don’t appreciate them. I think, in the Church, we have abandoned this use of gift language at some point. And that makes it difficult to talk about barrenness. Because if we don’t recognize the Source of life, then we have a hard time talking to people who are not being given that gift of life. We have faulty language that fails to deliver comfort. It fails to deliver truth, and it definitely fails to deliver babies…The language we’ve been given as a culture is not right. It’s not going to speak the Gospel to the barren.”

-Listen to the full interview with author Katie Schuermann on KFUO Faith & Family, where she discusses adoption, the cross of barrenness, and our identity in Christ

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Katie Schuermann on Issues, Etc.

Author Katie Schuermann tells how the cross of barrenness affects her and her husband, how others react to their childlessness, our culture’s misguided understanding of adoption, the god of fertility science, and how God uses crosses to strengthen faith and trust in Him.

Listen to her thought-provoking interview on Issues, Etc., recorded on June 6, 2017. Find more details about the second edition of He Remembers the Barren here.

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The Word Remains: An Excerpt for Pentecost

“What began on that first Pentecost is still ongoing and endures until the end. The same breath of eternal love from heaven still blows, even if not accompanied by visible signs. The tongues that set the world aflame still burn, even if not in visible tongues of fire. We hear the mighty deeds of God praised in every language. The word of the apostles is alive in every nation. The multitude of those who hear, the number of the faithful grows and increases.

“No one can hinder this work, nor will it ever cease. The Holy Spirit continues the inexorable work of building the temple of the Father and the Son. It is always Pentecost.”

-Wilhelm Löhe in The Word Remains: Selected Writings on the Church Year and the Christian Life

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He Remembers the Barren is now available!

The revised and expanded second edition of He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann is now available for shipment! Find details on purchasing, our bulk discount, how to get a giclee print, excerpts, and reviews here.

“Rarely have I met a woman so eloquently able to describe the valley of the shadow of death with such honesty. Even rarer to find someone who can thus acknowledge that even there, ‘Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.’ Having traveled that valley, those of us who ‘mourn in Israel’ are deeply moved and also comforted by Katie’s stubborn faithfulness, which turns our hearts and minds not only to the reality of the cross, but also to the greater reality of God’s unfailing love, which made that cross necessary. Katie reminds us again and again that Christ will give us ‘beauty for ashes, a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness…’ This book is a must read for those of us who need to know that there are fellow travelers who will rejoice as we will to be where there is ‘no more crying or pain or sickness or death anymore.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”
-Dr. Donna Harrison, MD, OB/GYN;  LCMS member

“In He Remembers the Barren, Katie Schuermann comes alongside barren couples on their lonely way through their specific challenges and crosses, including the plethora of ‘solutions’ that often turn out not to be, the pressures that come with them, and the ‘people problems’ those pressures aggravate. In the end it is both a vividly personal and theologically reflective study in the cruciform life, lived in faith in Christ and in that love that sees what is not and brings good out of it. For couples struggling with barrenness, those struggling to know how to support them, and those who just want to grasp in a real way how the body of Christ — in suffering together, in believing together — is built up together in that hope that will not fail, Katie proves, especially in this new edition, to be a faithful, forthright, and full-hearted companion.”
-Rev. Dr. John and Heidi Sias

*Tomorrow is the last day of the Summer Reading Sale with all books up to 25% off!

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Prof. John Pless endorses He Remembers the Barren

“First published in 2011 and now out in an expanded second edition, Katie Schuermann’s He Remembers the Barren remains a powerful testimony marked to the author’s continuing struggle with barrenness, held within the firm confidence that all of life is to be received as a gift from the hand of a faithful Creator. Rich with insights from the Holy Scriptures, Katie Schuermann gives voice to lament while remaining full of the hope which does not disappoint. The second edition carries with it the added bonus of reflections on medical ethics, giving thoughtful acknowledgement that while medical technology is a gift, it never is to become a substitute lord for the Christian. This is a book worthy of reading not only by women who have not been given the gift of children but also for pastors and Christian friends who care for them.”

John T. Pless
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Mission/Director of Field Education
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN

*Release details coming soon! Pre-order now and save 10%. Also save up to 25% with our Summer Reading sale!

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A comment from Dr. Beverly Yahnke of Doxology

Dr. Beverly Yahnke, executive co-director of Doxology, regarding Katie Schuermann’s work and writing on barrenness: “I believe that she has done some important work to facilitate a conversation which is too often whispered with guilt and shame and too rarely explored with Christian confidence and common sense.”

Get the book and join the conversation to support our brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering under the cross of barrenness.

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Dcs. Rose Adle endorses He Remembers the Barren

“In the second edition of He Remembers The Barren, we are blessed to receive the same compassion and care of the first edition, along with a considerable infusion of courage. Katie Schuermann takes up new, challenging topics with careful attention and firm truth, spoken always in love. This book would be helpful to those who are without children and are eager to receive more of the promises of Christ concerning their station in life. There is also sound, Christian instruction in response to some of the difficult questions they may ask. For those who do not know the reality of barrenness personally, this book is incredibly valuable. It is for every Christian. It helps me in my desire to understand, relate to, and care for those who hurt with a pain that I myself have not experienced. The cover artwork is a beautiful illustration of the book’s central theme of redemption and hope in Christ.”
-Deaconess Rose Adle, co-author of LadyLike: Living Biblically

*He Remembers the Barren is currently available for pre-order at 10% off. Also be sure to check out the previous post regarding our Summer Reading sale, with all titles up to 25% off!

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Summer Reading Sale – up to 25% off

What’s on your reading list for this summer? Add some theological meat to your list by taking advantage of our latest sale! All books are up to 25% off through June 3. Be sure to search for excerpts on the right sidebar and check out our updated Reviews and Endorsements page.

*The Brotherhood Prayer Book (and CD) includes services for the day (Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vepsers, and Compline), the entire Psalter, daily and seasonal propers, and a Beichtspiegel unique to the BPB.

*Paul H.D. Lang’s Ceremony & Celebration gives a confessional apology for why the Lutheran Church is a liturgical church. It instructs in every aspect of the service, such as liturgical actions, liturgical space, and the church year. It explains why we do what we do.

*The Conduct of the Service describes what to do in the chancel, such as where to stand and how to move so that the emphasis remains on Christ and not on the liturgist.

*Prof. John Pless’s Didache uses the Bible, Luther’s Small Catechism, and the hymnal to instruct in a basic pattern of catechesis which expounds upon doctrine, liturgy, and vocation. Many pastors find it to be a helpful guide for Bible Class, while other customers use it for individual or group study.

*An Explanation of the Common Service is an excellent supplement to Ceremony & Celebration in that it explains the actual words, or the rite, of the Divine Service.

*We expect the second edition of He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann to be available very soon, but you can pre-order it now. This book offers comfort not only to those who struggle with the painful experience of barrenness, but also to anyone who knows the grief and shame of suffering. It is a valuable resource for family members, friends, pastors, or anyone seeking to better understand and empathize with the barren experience of a loved one.

*Liber Hymnorum: The Latin Hymns of the Lutheran Church is a collection of hymns taken exclusively from Lutheran hymnals and chant-books of the Reformation and post-Reformation era. It is two hymnals in one, the first half being English, the second Latin, exactly mirroring the first half in contents and numbering.

*The prayers in Wilhelm Loehe’s Seed Grains of Prayer contain collects for all occasions and are particularly good for personal devotion.

*Thy Kingdom Come and God With Us by Pr. David Petersen offer daily sermons for Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas. These books are invaluable for homiletical ideas and for the devotional reading of good Law & Gospel sermons.

*What an Altar Guild Should Know gives details about church services, rubrics, altar care, sacred vessels, and other topics related to liturgical worship. However, anyone who is interested in liturgical worship will appreciate Lang’s keen theological insight into why reverence and beauty and the externals of worship matter.

*In The Word Remains, Wilhelm Löhe gives insight into the confessional Lutheran understanding of the church year, the Word of God, and matters related to the Christian life.

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Pre-order He Remembers the Barren + Get a Giclée Print

The second edition of He Remembers the Barren by Katie Schuermann is now available for pre-order! Order now and save 10%. And if you’re planning to order 5+ copies for your book group or to have on hand, ask about our bulk discount. Like us on Facebook or sign up for emails in the right sidebar to keep up with the latest news, including the release date, excerpts, and reviews!

We are also excited to announce that we are now offering giclée prints of the full artwork (pictured below) in partnership with artist Edward Riojas. Giclée prints are the archival standard used by museums and galleries to reproduce fine art. Images are printed on Hahnemuehle fine art paper and are signed by the artist. The sizes listed below are image sizes, and there is extra white space all around to aid in framing. Once you place an order here on our website, we’ll forward the details to Ed, who works with a local printer to produce these beautiful prints. Read all about the symbolism here, including what the cruciform shoot represents and how the bird’s nest is tied to vocation.

14.7″ x 18″ giclée print: $80 (shipping included)

19.5″ x 24″ giclée print: $120 (shipping included)

Shipping and handling included in the price for domestic orders only. International customers: please contact us for a custom shipping quote. Prints are mailed via insured Priority mail. Estimated arrival time is 7 days.

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Excerpts from He Remembers the Barren, Second Edition

“Sisters, we can waste such precious time in this life staring into a mirror. We can study our flesh until we have our faults and flaws memorized, but we end up learning nothing and going nowhere. Instead, we wander aimlessly down a long, winding path of navel-gazing where even the best and strongest of navigators can get lost. When you spend the whole of your journey looking at yourself, you miss the road signs that clearly mark your way. Are you a baptized child of God? Then you have put on Christ, and your Savior is perfect and holy for you. When God looks at you, He sees the redemptive work of His Son, and there lies your worth. We must pull our gaze from ourselves and look to the cross. In Christ’s suffering and glory, we will find the answers, though the questions we ask will be different.”

“Scripture plainly tells us that God creates and sustains all living things. We may attempt to understand and manipulate fertility science in an effort to achieve reproduction, but our own actions never alter the fact that we, as part of God’s creation, are simply instruments in His act of procreation. Children are a heritage from the Lord—a gift from Him—and that good gift is received, not manufactured or made. In His wisdom and in His time, God makes mothers of women. He has the hairs on our heads numbered, not to mention the eggs in our ovaries. Nothing happens in our lives apart from our gracious and loving heavenly Father, and every full and empty womb is intended for our good: ‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.’ Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

“Perhaps the matter would be clearer if we hadn’t abandoned the use of gift language in the body of Christ. Rarely do we talk about children as God defines them in the Bible, using His words of ‘gift, heritage, fruit, blessing, reward.’ Instead, we refer to children as the world does, adopting cultural phrases like ‘birth control, family planning, baby machine, reproduction, fertility science.’ By our language alone, we suggest to each other that children are a commodity to be planned for and controlled. This control language is a waste of breath in the church because it isn’t true. It isn’t God’s language. It doesn’t come from His Word. It is something we humans have made up in an attempt to explain and define and harness that which remains mysterious and untamed, and control language falls short every time.”

In the next few days, we’ll be posting information on how to pre-order this book and how you can order a giclee print of the cover artwork! Like us on Facebook or sign up for email updates in the right sidebar to keep up with the latest news.

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